Animal cruelty allegations: Two farmers do not want to speak in court

In another trial for animal cruelty on Allgäu farms, two farmers have had to answer to the Memmingen district court since Tuesday.

Animal cruelty allegations: Two farmers do not want to speak in court

In another trial for animal cruelty on Allgäu farms, two farmers have had to answer to the Memmingen district court since Tuesday. The two 68 and 25-year-old defendants, father and son, did not comment on the allegations at the beginning of the trial. Your defense lawyers announced that this would initially remain the case in the further days of the negotiations.

During the hour and a half of the indictment, the public prosecutor listed the suffering of numerous animals on the accused's three farms. The process involves a total of 54 cattle. In most cases, the accused are accused of not having sick cows treated by a veterinarian.

The cows had to suffer considerably for a long time as a result, and several animals had to be slaughtered. Calves that were seriously ill and suffering from shortness of breath were said to have been left to their own devices.

According to the court, the two farmers had either remained silent on the allegations or denied them. Therefore, extensive evidence is required. The criminal court has therefore planned 14 more days of trial, the verdict could be announced at the end of October.

The company in Bad Grönenbach (Unterallgäu district) hit the headlines in 2019 in the course of the so-called Allgäu animal welfare scandal. At that time, several Allgäu companies were targeted by investigators after an animal protection organization published video recordings that are said to show cases of animal cruelty in a large company. In December 2021, the Kempten Regional Court imposed suspended sentences in another case against three Oberallgäu farmers.

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